ERIC Number: ED423247
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Characteristics of the 100 Largest Public Elementary and Secondary School Districts in the United States: 1995-96. Statistical Analysis Report.
Young, Beth Aronstamm
This report, eighth in a series, provides information about the 100 largest school districts in the United States and outlying areas during the 1995-96 school year and revenues and expenditures for the 1995 fiscal year. The information was provided by state education agencies to the National Center for Education Statistics for the Common Core of Data. Characteristics of these districts and their students and staff are provided in 10 basic tables, which follow four text tables that set the context for the information on the largest school districts. The 100 largest school districts, representing less than 1% of all school districts in the nation, were responsible for the education of 23% of all public school students. These large districts employed 21% of the nation's public school teachers, and accounted for 17% of all public schools and 18% of public high school graduates. In the 100 largest districts, school sizes were larger than the average school district. In addition, the 100 largest school districts also had a higher mean pupil-teacher ratio, at 18.5 to 1, compared to 17.2 to 1 for the average school district. Three states, Florida, Texas, and California, accounted for over one-third of the 100 largest school districts. The proportion of minority students in the 100 largest school districts was almost double the proportion of minority students in all districts (65% compared to 36%). Among schools that reported eligibility for free lunches, 45% of the students in the 100 largest school districts were eligible for free lunch, compared to 33% of all students in reporting states. Current expenditures per student in the 100 largest school districts ranged from a low of $2,417 in Puerto Rico to a high of $10,925 in the Newark (New Jersey) public schools. Among the 20 largest school districts, 7 have increased in size by over 20% since 1986. Conversely, Detroit (Michigan), Chicago (Illinois), and Puerto Rico have experienced declines in membership since 1986. Twelve appendixes present supplemental tables of data about enrollment and staffing. (Contains 26 tables.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, High School Graduates, Institutional Characteristics, Minority Groups, Public Schools, School Demography, School District Size, School District Wealth, School Districts, Special Education, Tables (Data), Teacher Student Ratio, Teachers
U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop: SSOP, Washington, DC 20402-9328.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.